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THE NORMANS

Ferocious and devout.
And victorious colonizers.
The Normans with their unbridled desire for power and Christian fervor used every weapon in their arsenal to reshape Northern France, the British Isles, Southern Italy and Sicily as far as the Holy Land.
They were powerful rulers and state builders
Their legacy, is unmistakably still evident.

  • Maurice Micallef
    Director
    Kannizzati Fishing, The Unsolved Mystery, The Phoenicians, The Tal Qadi Stone
  • Dr Ing. Chris Micallef
    Writer
    Kannizzati Fishing, The Unsolved Mystery, The Phoenicians, The Tal Qadi Stone
  • Chris Micallef
    Producer
    Kannizzati Fishing, The Unsolved Mystery, The Phoenicians, The Tal Qadi Stone
  • Show of Arms
    Key Cast
  • 4Teenth Productions
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    29 minutes 57 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 10, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Malta
  • Country of Filming:
    Malta
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Maurice Micallef

BIOGRAPHY MAURICE MICALLEF (DIRECTOR)
YEAR OF BIRTH: 1935
COUNTRY OF BIRTH: MALTA
Maurice Micallef, has an impressive track record in film-making, which goes back to 1964 when he produced his first documentary ‘A Glance at Valletta’-a twelve minute insight of the capital city. In 1972, with the help of the Italian government, Maurice was sent to RAI studios in Rome where he gained technical know how and experience which were to become an asset in his film-making career. From those days on, Maurice never looked back and produced to date twenty eight productions, amongst which are: The Hiker (1974), The Islet of Filfla (1974, 1995 & 2016), Images (1975), The Boy and the Red Ball (1977), The Hand of God (1978), My Brother’s Keeper (1980), The Puncture (1983), The Unsolved Riddle (1984 and 1994), Back to Eternity (1986), Mnajdra (1987, 1995, and 2002), Full Circle (1991), Kannizzati Fishing (1992), Norman Legends in Malta (1993 and 1994), Fatal Hitman (1994), Arlekkinu, (1996), Hal Far Airfield (2015), Secrets of the Stone Age (2016), The Unsolved Mystery (2017), Kannizzati Fishing (2018), The Normans (2019) and The Giant Deep Reds (2020).

The critically-acclaimed winning documentary about ‘The Phoenicians’ which has garnered no less than 28 international awards amongst them the Grand Jury Prize in the IMDB rated New York International Film and Video Festival in 2005, brought to life the Phoenician world as never seen before and deals with who were the Phoenicians, what were they famous for and what was their effect on the Maltese population.

The ‘Tal Qadi stone’ another documentary directed by Maurice Micallef investigates the interpretation of this unique fan-shaped stone which was found in the limits of Burmarrad near the Tal Qadi temple. This documentary won 20 international awards in film and video festivals around the world amongst which was the Jury Award in the Mountain Film Festival in 2013 held in USA.

The documentary ‘Hal Far Airfield’ was awarded Best of Show in the Best Shorts Competion held in USA in 2014. This documentary traces the history of Hal Far Airfield. According to the competition’s website (http://bestshorts.net/past-winners/winners-march-2014/) the film is impeccably researched and includes extensive original war time footage combined with re-enactments of Maltese Army Regiments and the British Royal Air Force. Reference is made to this carefully crafted, informative documentary which was created by master filmmakers Chris and Maurice Micallef. It deserves a wide audience according to the publicity provided by the competition organizers. Best short awardees have won Oscars and Emmys in this festival. In this same competition in 2013, the Best of Show animated film Mr. Hublot had won an Oscar for animated short film.

The documentary ‘The Unsolved Mystery’ about the Maltese cart-ruts has managed to win no less than 30 international Awards in various film and video festivals. In the IMDb rated Impact Docs Awards Festival 2017, the documentary was awarded for history, research, documentary feature and direction. In this same festival the documentary ‘The Man who saved the world’ by Peter Anthony won best of show. The documentary also had appearances by Robert De Niro, Matt Damon, Ashton Kutcher, Walter Cronkite and Kevin Costner in one of the documentaries presented for this competition.
Maurice is also a multiple-award winner with different documentaries in the WorldFest-Houston, the third longest-running International Film Festival in North America, and the Oldest Independent Film Festival in the world. WorldFest’s mission is to recognize and honor outstanding creative excellence in film & video, validate brilliant abilities and promote future filmmaking in Texas as well as enhance cultural tourism for Houston and environment. Past Worldfest winners include Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ang Lee, John Lee Hancock, Randal Kleiser and the Coen Brothers.
The Kannizzati Fishing documentary won 41 international awards in various film and video festivals around the world, amongst which include IMDb rated competitions in Hollywood.

Today Maurice is retired. Throughout his filming career Maurice managed to win 372 awards in international film and video festivals on four continents. Between 1954 and 1959 he worked at Saint Luke’s Hospital as a radiographer and later at the bacteriological laboratory. Later in 1964 he was technical officer at the Malta College of Arts Science and Technology at Msida. Maurice Micallef M.O.M. was appointed as Member of the National Order of Merit during the 2014 Gieh ir-Repubblika for his continuous drive in promoting Maltese cultural heritage through his documentaries.

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Our mission at CMM is to promote Maltese heritage and culture abroad through our documentaries.